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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dating Someone Younger
By Peter Gerstenzang
The Do’s and Don’ts of Dating Someone Younger
If you’re anything like me, in the near future, you’ll probably find yourself dating someone who is younger than you. There are, of course, any number of reasons for this. But it’s mostly because there just aren’t that many people who are older than you, unless you want to go out with someone eager to…
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How to Talk With Your Millennial Kids About Work
By Marilyn Kennedy Melia
How to Talk With Your Millennial Kids About Work
Here’s a suggestion for boomer and Gen X parents struggling to get their Millennial kids to engage in conversation with them: Ask them about their work. The trick is, however, knowing how to do it — and how not to. As the mother of two grown sons, I can attest that asking, “How’s work going?”…
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Digging for Dinosaurs in Retirement
By Cynthia Drake
Digging for Dinosaurs in Retirement
As a young boy, Tom Lawrence was fascinated with dinosaurs and dreamed of becoming a paleontologist. Life had other things in store. But now, at 69, Lawrence drives each week to a building marked “Dinosaur Journey” in Fruita, Colo., walks into a laboratory and helps prepare 152-million-year-old dinosaur fossils. He’s been doing it since 2010.…
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Study Shows Youth Isn’t the Key to Making a Mark
By Richard Eisenberg
Study Shows Youth Isn’t the Key to Making a Mark
A fascinating study in the journal Science, reported in The New York Times, has disproved the popular myth that the greatest achievements in work are made because their initiators are young. No, the researchers say, it’s really all about The Q Factor. In their article, “Quantifying the Evolution of Individual Scientific Impact,” five researchers from Northeastern…
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5 Tips to Eat Your Way to a Better Mood
By Maureen Callahan
5 Tips to Eat Your Way to a Better Mood
Grumpy and out of sorts on occasion? It’s possible that everything you munch and nibble throughout the day could be a culprit. Studies confirm that food choices directly influence body chemistry affecting things like blood sugar and levels of mood-influencing chemicals in the brain, both of which can impact the overall way you feel. Want…
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The Big Secret to Discovering Your Life’s Purpose
By Nancy Collamer
The Big Secret to Discovering Your Life’s Purpose
“What’s the best way to find my life’s purpose?” As a career coach, it’s a question I hear a lot. After all, many of us struggle to connect with our authentic inner voice. And while tools like assessment tests can sometimes help, they are often not enough. That’s why I was eager to review a…
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Does It Pay to Return to Work to Boost Future Social Security Benefits?
By Laurence J. Kotlikoff
Does It Pay to Return to Work to Boost Future Social Security Benefits?
(Boston University economist Larry Kotlikoff has been answering questions about claiming Social Security benefits for years, for PBS and Next Avenue. The book he co-authored, Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security, was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the developer of  Maximizemysocialsecurity.com, a Social Security benefit maximization tool.…
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The 5 Key Questions to Find Meaningful Work
By Nancy Collamer
The 5 Key Questions to Find Meaningful Work
Over the years, I’ve seen many changes in the workplace: the growth of the gig economy, an increasingly diverse workforce, and a greater interest in semi-retirement jobs, to name a few. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is people’s interest in finding meaningful…
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Where to Find Retirement Income That Rises With Inflation
By Kerry Hannon
Where to Find Retirement Income That Rises With Inflation
One problem with being a retiree on a fixed income — it’s a fixed income. But living costs rise with inflation, so you’ll want your investment income to do so, too. How can you? I’ve talked with a few smart financial advisers and will share four of their suggestions momentarily. I realize inflation, overall, isn’t…
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5 Things to Do Before Becoming Your Parents’ Caregiver
By Iris Waichler
5 Things to Do Before Becoming Your Parents’ Caregiver
Many people today are faced with the difficult task of caring for an aging parent. The National Alliance for Caregiving reported that 36 percent of the 65 million unpaid caregivers in the U.S. are caring for an aging parent. This challenging role reversal leaves current and future caregivers asking a difficult question: How do you prepare for becoming your parents’…
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